This week has been a busy week full to the brim with live music!
On Wednesday morning I went to His Majesty’s theatre to see the West Australian Opera Morning Melodies concert. The show was directed by Brendan Hanson, with musical direction from David Wickham, and starred four talented singers; Lucy Mervik, Ileana Rinaldi, Richard Nigel and Sam Roberts-Smith. The program included arias and ensembles from Mozart operas including Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote and Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide. Hanson linked the pieces together with cleverly scripted spoken dialogue and the performers delighted a packed house with renditions of everyones favourite Mozart masterpieces.
In the evening I went to see the Australian Chamber Orchestra perform at the Perth Concert Hall. The ACO were led by the infectiously passionate Richard Egarr, who conducted and directed from the keyboard, as well as giving fascinating insights into the works they performed. With the magnificent Satu Vänskä on lead violin, the ACO took us on an adventure through time with the music of Purcell, Lawes, Bach and Haydn. I was truly blown away by the skill and energy they displayed. Every member of the ensemble looked like they were having the BEST time up on stage! It was so exciting to watch and be a part of it.
I was also lucky enough to scrounge a coveted ticket for the WAAPA production of Legally Blonde on Thursday night. I had heard so many positive reports about how amazing the show was, I was determined to get myself a seat! And boy am I glad I did. There was so much talent on the stage, and show stopping performances one after the next. (I haven’t been able to get Oh My God out of my head since….some of those songs are super catchy!) WAAPA is certainly doing a wonderful job of training the next generation of musical theatre performers and it’s international recognition is well justified.
On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of performing with four talented musicians at a Music Amica concert. Sam Roberts-Smith, Harriet Marshall, Tommaso Pollio and I performed a range of music from operas and musicals including; The Marriage of Figaro, Mefistofele, Hamlet and Oklahoma. The audience were also lucky enough to witness the phenomenal talent of pianist Shuan Hern (Fremantle Eisteddfod 2015 open solo winner) who played Chopin, Liszt and Balakirev. The audience went absolutely nuts after his rendition of Liszts Tarantella!
To celebrate World Music Day, I was asked by West Australian Opera to take part in a community outreach concert at the Subiaco Library. WAO’s wonderful education and outreach co-ordinator, Terasa Letizia, gave an engaging speech about the evolution of opera around the globe interspersed with music. Lochlan Brown and I performed four arias from four different operas; Deh vieni non tardar Le Nozze di Figaro, Je Veux Vivre Romeo et Juliette, Mein Herr Marquis Die Fledermaus, and Vilja’s Lied The Merry Widow. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the WA Opera Lovers, new faces who wanted to learn more about the art form and young aspiring singers. Who would have thought singing in a library could be so much fun?…
Until next time music lovers….
Emma Pettemerides and Sam Roberts-Smith
Emma Pettemerides, Sam Roberts-Smith and Lucy Mervik.
Emma Pettemerides, Sam Roberts-Smith, Lucy Mervik
Golden Era – Egarr at the Perth Concert Hall
World Music Day – West Australian Opera outreach concert
WAAPA production at the Regal Theatre